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Bistro Foufou

4.3
434 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Fun French bistro in the heart of downtown Traverse City
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 4-9pm
Friday & Saturday 4-10pm


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Phone number
(231) 421-6583
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux
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Catering
Full bar available with a large selection of wines, beer, and liquors. Restaurant catering in the French dining style with private menus available on request.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Front Street
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Parking details
Street Parking available, with downtown parking ramp...
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Special events & promotions
September- May monthly wine dinner
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Very nice evening. Service was excellent. Great place to celebrate a special occasion

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Willww 
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food itself was pretty good, but the cost was ridiculous for the amout that we got. The staff was very nice, and the restaurant was very nocely set up. I just cant fathom spending that amout of money for decent food that doesn't fill you up.

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Ottodogz (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was delicious. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. Wonderful meal.

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GeorgiaW (Northern MI)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything was great, but our food took quite a while. It seemed as though everyone was getting their meals except us. No explanation was offered and we didn't ask. The service, otherwise was excellent and the food as well. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable.

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TomD (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our Valentines dinner. The seating was awful they say us at a long table side by side with several couples. I can understand that seating without a reservation but I felt like my romantic dinner was NOT romantic at all.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had dinner before a concert at the Opera House. The steak frites are excellent! And the wine list is extensive and includes many reasonably priced options. Our server was attentive and pleasant and the ambience is great -- lively but not too loud. We'll definitely return on our next trip to Traverse City!

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SuzyMommy3 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Perfect birthday celebration!!!

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vipkcmaster (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a great meal and great service last Saturday. We had the goat cheese appetizer, beef bourguignon and the salmon entrees. All were very flavorful and done just right. The server was excellent, attentive when needed and allowed for a enjoyable paced meal. The winter menu has some new items if you haven't been there for awhile.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

My boyfriend and I were near traverse city for the weekend to go skiing at crystal mountain. We love unique, catchy, tasteful places and this met all of our expectations. We stayed for 2 hours and had a few drinks, appetizers, and split the lamb chops. The food was outstanding and the environment was romantic and fun. Definitely will be agreeable to people who go out to eat for Social reasons besides just stuffing your fave silly. If you like small bites, and don’t mind spending a bit more for better quality, you will love this place.

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OpenTable Diner (Northern MI)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a little bit of trouble with one of our diners being on a soy free diet and this restaurant uses a blended oil in all their cooking that contains soy oil. The other diner was gluten free/dairy free and there were not to many options.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent meal, from drinks to dessert. Lamb, Lobster risotto, Scallops, beet salad, bib lettuce salad, chocolate cake.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We were a group of 8 and were there on New Years Eve. It was lovely. The service was great, the food was excellent and we had a great time. I would highly recommend Bistro FouFou! We wanted to go back on New Years Day but the staff had a well-deserved day off!

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ScaryJim (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Let me list everything that was exceptional: Provencal Platter (pate, duck rillettes, sausage, raclette, bleu de Avergne, morbier), Lobster Bisque, Lamb Chops, Belgian ales (both draft and bottle), Champagne by the glass, Gigondas by the glass, Sancerre by the glass, Sauterne by the glass, Hazelnut crepes--where else would one go to find such delicacies? The scallops were a bit heavy on the cream, but still good.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

We were in TC from out of state. Myself being French was very much looking forward to eating here the menu looked great. From the second we walked in the hostess couldn’t find our reservation although they had called me to confirm a few hours earlier. She didn’t take our coats and we were ushered to a table right in front of the door. Not okay, We asked to move and were then seated at a nicer table, however you could tell we were almost an inconvenience. The atmosphere was nice and the menu looked great. Our waiter approached us by asking if we knew what we wanted...didn’t share the specials or introduce himself. Already I think we were off to a bad start, the tables around us all had bread and drinks and we had ordered and still had menus at our table. Everything just seemed very slow and not attentive. During the course of our meal we didn’t have cutlery, food took a long time and we left the restaurant a little disappointed. When you go to a restaurant expecting to pay over $150 for your meal you expect a certain caliber of service. That is not the case here. Great food very poor service.

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Lynn (Northern MI)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

We went to Bistro FouFou after a courthouse wedding, so this was a small wedding reception with 4 of us. It was WONDERFUL! The Happy Hour menu and prices are AMAZING. We were able to sample 7 of the items on the menu - each one was perfect! Service was great. We are from the Kalamazoo area, and will definitely go back when we are in Traverse City next! This is our new favorite place there. Can't wait to try dinner sometime. It was great to be able to see the menu online prior to our visit.

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Datenight (Northern MI)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We had the tomato and goat cheese Appetizer it was a nice starter.

Rack of lamb portion seemed a little small and lacked Pistachios.

Scallops were very Nicely seared and seasoned great, pasta was ok.

Dessert wrapped chocolate cake was very good but lacking pistachios again.

Service was slow to clear dishes and did not replace any silver or bring a spoon for coffee used a dessert fork for stirring coffee.

Might have been an off night pricy but we will be back.

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vipPatsPicks (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

We made reservations at Bistro Foufou for early on a Saturday since we were going to the Opera House for a concert that evening. We had 5 people and enjoyed all the dishes we tasted! I would recommend this (but probably not when you are in a hurry - take some time to enjoy the ambiance and the food).

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

You must try their mussels!! They were so addictevly delicious. All of our food was very good and plentiful. Not very packed for a Saturday night...thought that was odd..maybe due to holiday. Very nice service. We definitely be back.

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vipJT22 (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

The service and atmosphere were great. The food was just ok. A little overpriced. Definitely not as good as some of the other options in TC.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Went with my wife for our Anniversary. Loved the food, decor, just a great restaurant plain and simple.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Very comfortable French restaurant in the heart of TC. The hostess and servers were very attentive and friendly. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our food. Great place for dinner with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Great restaurant. The food was very tasty. Service was flawless.

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Didjueat (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Our experience was good, not great. The hostess was very cordial and welcoming. After we told our server that we wanted to relax with cocktails and appetizers he seemed to disappear for extended periods. After we placed our entree orders, it seemed to take a very long time for our food to arrive. When it did get there it was properly prepared and served hot. The bread was excellent, escargot was good. There wasn't much to the Bouilabaise, but it tasted ok. The rack of lamb was good, but we feel we can make better at home. Nice atmosphere and decor. Not sure if we would return as there are plenty of other dining options in Traverse City.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Another great place in TC. The bib salad has a terrific celery dressing. A nice wine selection. Great crusty bread and butter. The beef bourguignon is very good and not something you see very often in restaurants. Our service slow - our waiter seemed to be stretched too thin.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

Found this spot on Trip Advisor. We had an excellent meal. My wife had the beet salad and I had the French onion soup, which I must say may be the best I have had in a restaurant . She had the pork shank special and I had the steak frites, both very good and well prepared. Service was excellent. Lovely bottle of wine with dinner and topping off with an apple/pear crisp and a glass of port. If you are in the area, we highly recommend this place.

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vipCharleybearfan (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

Fou Fou is not a snobby, foo foo French restaurant, but it certainly is French, excellent French food prepared by a Frenchman! You can't much better than that. I loved it. All of the menu selections you'd expect on a French menu BUT plenty of other choices if you 'think' you don't like French food. This place is great. The decor is authentic and lovely. The servers were wonderful. Daily specials are a bonus and the wine list has it all. I live in Chicago and Fou Fou is better than any here. GREAT! What are you waiting for . . . GO!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful dinner at our favorite Traverse City eatery. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. The food, as always, was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the braised pork with sweet potato gnocchi and Brussels sprouts.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Everything was fine. My scallops for $28.00 were too fishy and salty. The coffee was nothing special. Other than that, it was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Amazeballs!

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OpenTable Diner (Northern MI)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Always a wonderful meal, wine/cocktails, service and leave fully satisfied. No matter what the risotto special is, try it. They are always amazing.

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